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Excerpts from The Encyclopaedia Britannica audiobook cover art
  • Excerpts from The Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information, Eleventh Edition
  • By: Various
  • Narrated by: full cast

Fun!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-17

A Little excerpt of Fun. If they had abridged encyclopedia chapters, I would get them in a heartbeat. I'd love to listen to it before bed - learn while you settle down to sleep! Best idea ever, yah!

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living audiobook cover art

Timeless classic read brilliantly - credit-worthy!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-17

Much like How to Win Friends and Influence People, this book was written in the first half of the 20th century and yet is as relevant today as it was then.

The narrator was perfect - he made the stories from that time period come alive and his voice seemed to belong to that era as well! Loved it! It is what made How to Make Friends an excellent listen and this was just the same - wonderful stories with timeless advice, delivered effortlessly by a narrator completely suitable to the era. Awesome, awesome, awesome. Highly recommended! I've listened to both books multiple times while cooking and relaxing in the evenings.

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Awesome, book, series, author, narrator: It's all awesome!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-17

First - the series; Harry Dresden is a wizard. But unlike the rest of the magical community, Dresden doesn't hide. He advrtises in the white pages. Under wizard.

Part private-eye novel, part mystery, part fantasy, part character study - the series has running story lines as well as independent plots that conclude within each novel. If you are looking for a series that will keep you occupied and enthralled for years to come, this is a great one!

This book - First in the series, Storm Front. This is a great introduction to the fantastic world builder and author, Jim Butcher. In the first book, you meet Harry Dresden, flawed wizard, and the wonderful view of Chicago that includes wizards, magical creatures, an undertown and the world of the fey. There is something going down in Chicago, and Harry is on the front lines. The book moves at a brisk pace and is enjoyable listened to in a single session or, if you have more will-power than me, in multiple sessions.

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The Narrator - James Masters, the actor who portrayed Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the narrator for this book and ALL the books in the Dresden Files. If you are familiar with Mr. Marster's acting work, you know his incredible talent as an actor as well as his mastery of multiple accents. This is key for book narrations. Especially books with characters from all around the world (and outside it!),

So, great series, great book, awesome author, and great narration. Well worth the credit - as is every book in the series.

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An Old Classic with the Perfect Narrator

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-17

Would you consider the audio edition of How to Win Friends & Influence People to be better than the print version?

Yes! I love the print, but the narration is awesome! He has a voice that matches the age in which this book was written (first hand of the 20th century), which fits the content and the examples given. I LOVE it when that happens.

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Win Friends & Influence People?

I love all the little stories and vignettes. They fit the age, what the author is trying to illustrate, and yet are still relevant for today. Listening to this book makes me think of Norman Rockwell, dime-store candy, and ration tickets. And I have no idea what a ration ticket is, but they come to mind when listening to the book. Love it!

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This book made me fall in love with Audible...

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-17

Would you listen to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up again? Why?

I listened to it again right after I listened to it the first time. The narrator was perfect. Absolutely spot on for the content. The content was fun, informative, part handbook, part memoir, and all mellow. And if you had told me a book that had 'Tidying' in the title was mellow before I listened to this book, I'd have been, "Wha?!?"

I had listend to some audio books before this one - I was a TOTAL AUDIO BOOKS NO WAY person FOREVER, but I was adventuring forth in an open-minded way. But after I listened to this book, I truly got it. A perfect narrator enhances the enjoyment of a great book. Period, full-stop. Ever since then, I have been an audiblephile. And yes, that's a word.

What other book might you compare The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up to and why?

The Star Beast. I kid you not. The cast version by Robert Heinlein. That was also a perfect marriage between narrator and content. For books more like this one, the second Marie Kondo book, Spark Joy, was also a great listen although I don't think it was the perfect blend that this book was. Still, very much worth the credit. I played the 'bra' part for my girlfriends and we all had a laugh.

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked the bit about the good luck charms and how you should discard them after a year (as the luck has run out). That was an interesting incite into a different culture - the book is full of little things like that. So fun!

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Great Radio Play - Unabridged vs Abridged

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-16

Would you listen to Agatha Raisin again? Why?

Narration:
Fantastic! So enjoyable. Penelope Keith just IS Agatha Raisin, and all the other characters are so believable. Highly recommended.

Story:The radio play is (obviously) not going to be as involved as the unabridged book, but it is involved enough to be entertaining and not so involved that you have to pay strict and close attention - nice and breezy. As a radio play should be IMHO.

** Abridged VS Unabridged:

There are a lot of complaints about these being the 'Abridged' version of the books that are listed as 'Unabridged'. So, here's the skinny. Radio Plays often refer to themselves as 'Unabridged' even if the Radio Play itself is an abridged version of the book. What you are getting is an 'Unabridged Radio Play' - the whole play, but not necessarily the whole book.

A number of Radio Plays (including some of the Agatha Raisin plays) are incorrectly categorized as an Audiobook, so they are listed as Unabridged Audiobooks when they should either be listed as an Unabridged Radio Play or (minimally) an Abridged Audiobook.

Weird, yah?

** Finding the Radio Play Collections:

Audible does a TERRIBLE job in organizing them so they are very hard to find.

There are currently 5 Radio Play Collections on Audible (as of now):
- Agatha Raisin: The Quiche of Death and the Vicious Vet (Dramatisation)
- Agatha Raisin: Potted Gardener and The Walkers of Dembley (Dramatisation)
- Agatha Raisin: The Wizard Of Evesham & The Murderous Marriage
- Agatha Raisin: The Terrible Tourist and Fairies of Frylam (Dramatisation)
- Agatha Raisin: The Curious Curate & The Buried Treasure

Some are listed as just Agatha Raisin, without listing the title within the collection. No idea why.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Penelope Keith. Amazingly dry and well-delivered. Just as I imagine Agatha Raisin to be.

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